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Joe Jones

 (1909 - 1963)
Joe (Joseph John) Jones was active/lived in Missouri, New York, New Jersey.  Joe Jones is known for regionalist and abstract painting.

Joe Jones

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, April 7, 1909, and died in Morristown, New Jersey, 1963, Joe Jones was a painter and lithographer.  Self taught, he quit school at age fifteen to work as a house painter.

Winning his first award in 1931, Jones gained the attention of St. Louis patrons who financed his travel to the artists' colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  He began winning awards at age 22 in 1931 with his early paintings that are typical Midwestern Regionalist works depicting wheat fields and wheat farming. 

A political activist as well as a painter, Jones organized art classes for unemployed youngsters, which he held in the old St. Louis courthouse in 1934.  He alienated his supporters

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
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About  Joe Jones

Born:  1909 - Saint Louis, Missouri
Died:   1963 - Morristown, New Jersey
Known for:  regionalist and abstract painting